No matter where you travel in the World and no matter how long you’re gone, there are low-cost things you can do to protect your home from theft. Burglars think differently than you do, but they do not take many risks. They are not likely to target your residence if there are warning signs to deter them.
Think Alarm System
The most essential piece to protecting your home is with a quality home security system. If you’re frequently away from home, it is advisable to equip your home with the latest technology in home security. With this technology you can access your system from any mobile device or computer, monitoring live video feeds, managing the lights in the house, and even adjusting your thermostat. Ease your mind on vacation knowing your system will be backed by 24/7 professional monitoring. (Image by homesecuritysystems)
Keeping Burglars Fooled
Beyond your alarm system, take the next step in securing your home by ensuring it’s not obvious you’ll be away from your home for an extended period of time. Thieves often tour neighborhoods looking for opportunities. For this reason, it’s best to keep your property looking the same as usual. Most people know to stop the mail and newspaper deliveries, but you’ll also want to ask a neighbor or friend to keep the lawn mowed and trash cans put to the curb.
You will want to tell a friend or relative about your plans, give them a key, and provide instructions in case of an emergency. Encourage them to visit the house regularly, or consider recruiting them to house-sit while you are away.
Taking it another level, it’s best to keep your travel plans private on social media, and to not set a voice mail entailing you’ll be away from your home, protecting yourself on all fronts.
Keep it Normal
Maintain your usual habits as far as exterior lighting, window blinds and shades, and sprinkler systems. Again, having a neighbor or friend manually do this for you while checking on your home and pets may be the best solution, but if that’s not available to you, utilize timers on sprinklers and lights if possible. (Image by bbdoyle)
Lock it Up
Robbers look for easy access, so make sure all windows and doors – including sliding glass doors – are fastened and locked. In addition to the usual locks, you can purchase low cost aids to double the protection on windows and sliding doors. All entry doors need strong dead bolt locks. Hold on to all of your spare keys and be sure if you have normally have a key hidden, to remove it and place it safely inside the house while you’re gone.
Thieves can compromise your automatic garage door system unless you lock it from the inside and/or unplug its power source. A c-clamp fastened to the track for an overhead door will immobilize it. Also ensure you lock entrances from the garage into the home with dead bolts.
You can also secure your valuables inside your house by taking your jewelry, records, and other valuables to a safe deposit box at your bank or at least place them in a secure safe in your home. If traveling out of the country secure your passport, credit cards, and checkbooks against I.D. theft. If you can, put all technology devices – computers, laptops, and so on – in storage.
By keeping these tips in mind while planning your vacation, you can be sure that you will rest easy and fully enjoy your time away from home. Fully securing your home puts a whole new meaning to the term ‘safe travels!’
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